SKC started 1-6-1 and finished 12-3-11. That's not quite up there with LA and Seattle, but it's close. They'v got a varied and diverse offense that creates tons of opportunities, but need to start finishing to be a top-tier threat. If just one of their strikers gets hot, they could be the team to beat in the East.
Although I agree that it would be nice to see one of our forwards (Omar Bravo, Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury, CJ Sapong) go on a scoring binge as we enter the playoffs(hey, what team wouldn't want that?) , I do think that Sporting KC are already the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, regardless.
One of the underrated factors that has made Sporting KC so difficult to deal with this season; the scoring comes from a number of different players. Where as a team like the Philadelphia Union has Sebastien Le Toux scoring a large percentage of the team's goals, opposing teams can game plan to shut down Le Toux, greatly diminishing the Union's offensive attack. Teams can't do that against Sporting KC. The scoring on the team is spread out among a number of players, and thus, opposing teams can't zero in on a particular Sporting KC player.
For those who are wondering, here is a list of Sporting KC's top goal scorers this season.
Omar Bravo-9, Teal Bunbury-9, Kei Kamara-9, Graham Zusi-5, CJ Sapong-5